Strengths: A true point guard who possesses a quick and crafty handle that allows him to shake his defenders and get anywhere he wants to on the court. Has the range to shoot inside and outside the arc, especially off the dribble. A capable shooter coming off screens/pick-and-rolls. Has an effective pump fake because defenses have to respect his shooting, which makes it easier for him to drive. Dangerous threat to score or make the right pass in transition. Distributes the ball well and makes good decisions. He likes to dish out to his open teammates following his penetration. Has the ability to make his teammates better with his passing. Thrives at getting into the lane where he can either shoot a silky-smooth pull-up jumper or a floater over bigger defenders. Drives to the basket hard and finishes smoothly with both hands. Can score after contact. Can also play off the ball as a cutter. Tough defender who plays intense pressure defense on his man. He's quick enough to pick up his man the full length of the court and stay with him. Does the little things necessary to win. Surprisingly athletic with deceptive leaping ability. Has top-end speed and quickness. Toughness allows him to have an impact on the boards despite his size.
Weaknesses: Smaller stature, but is still growing. He definitely has the talent to play at the Division I level, but he'll need to bulk up in order to truly be effective. Aggressive defender, which is what coaches want, but sometimes leads him to overplay his man and get beat.
Overall: The 5-foot-11 rising junior is a natural at the point guard spot and has shown good maturity as a floor leader. He's also an excellent scorer. After getting his teammates involved, he knows when to shift gears and go on a scoring run of his own. He's a smart player with good a IQ and feel for the game. A great competitor and brings consistent effort on both ends. While there are still some questions about his strength, there's no denying that he has the skills to play at a mid-major Division I school. Schools at that level have already shown interest. With more development (both in his body and game) and two years of high school basketball remaining, there's no reason to believe that any interest at the level will waver.
Last updated: July 27, 2015